Wow. It’s that time already. Christmas day is just around the corner. People are getting into the party mood of indulgence. That means eating, eating and more eating. So, if you are planning a communal meal, think about the most energy efficient way to do it. Obviously, cooking for a crowd is a better use of oven energy than cooking for one person only, so you already have a head start. Next, think about your “cookprint” (the environmental impact of using energy and other resources in order to prepare meals). The size of your cookprint increases depending on where your ingredients were sourced (garden, farm or supermarket), how much fuel you use and how much waste you discard in terms of plastic packaging etc. Before you start your feast preparations with family or friends, concentrate on using your trusty oven wisely by cooking more than one item simultaneously. Keep the lids on pans when boiling water and utilise the residual heat by turning the flame off underneath boiling, nearly cooked potatoes or let a casserole complete cooking in a still hot oven. You’d be surprised at how much energy your fridge guzzles up. Keep its energy consumption down by organising your food contents neatly so that you don’t have to keep opening and shutting the door. Give your body a workout by returning to using hand whisks rather than always relying on electric mixers. And then when its all done and ready, have a plan for what to do with all those left-overs. You can’t beat good old fashioned bubble and squeak. Finally, when your friends thank you for a wonderful meal, save on heating by enjoying some power hugging.
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